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Min Liang Tan: The death of Razer’s Project Christine has been greatly exaggerated

Despite the lack of support from OEMs, Razer’s CEO says work hasn’t stopped on the new case concept.


Earlier this week it looked like the end of Razer’s Project Christine was nigh.

Project Christine is Razer’s proof-of-concept chassis that seeks to revolutionize the form factor by storing all of the computer’s components in modular slots. Anytime a user would like to upgrade a component of his machine, all he would need to do is insert a specific slot with a new processor, GPU, RAM, etc.

In an interview with Polygon on March 18, Razer CEO Min Liang Tan said that his company was having trouble getting other OEMs to buy into the concept. “I throw it out there to talk to the OEMs about it. That’s really the final piece of the puzzle,” Min told Polygon. “Everything else has pretty much been done. All they ask about is, ‘How much money can I make out of this?’ They’re not interested in innovation at all.”

But speaking to Maximum PC on Wednesday, Min said that Razer is still working to make the project a reality.

“We do believe that for Project Christine to be a success, it will require global OEMs to come together to push innovation in the PC forward instead of obsessing over short term profits,” Min said to the magazine. “Like the many other projects within Razer, we take a long term view on innovation and Project Christine is definitely still in the works.”

To get Project Christine to be anything close to mainstream, it would require an ambitious effort to get OEMs to manufacture compatible components. Of course a large OEM could simply embrace the concept themselves and offer their own modular computing solution, which is part of the reason why Razer doesn’t go it alone with the project.

“Christine’s a bit different because if we went out and built our own modules and platform, we would literally be creating a walled garden, which is something that we don’t want to do. It’s got to be open,” Min said during an interview with Polygon.

If there isn’t a major announcement from Razer about Project Christine in the next few months, it will be safe to discount the project as vapourware. Look for Project Christine on the tradeshow floor during June’s Computex expo in Taipei. If it’s not there, the project is dead.

Source: Maximum PC

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